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Government

  • Greenlight GM resigns

    Three months from launching, Greenlight Dunnellon Communications is without a general manager.
    Jessie Mason, hired by City Manager Lisa Algiere, recently resigned citing health reasons.
    Algiere, who worked with Mason in Valparaiso, said Mason “could no longer perform the duties of his job.” Because of federal laws, Algiere could not comment about Mason’s health issues. She said a search for his replacement will begin in the near future.

  • Council nixes hearing

    Mayor Fred Ward, quick to call for Roger Barth’s removal from the Planning Commission a month ago, reversed his stance Monday night at City Hall.
    Ward said he does his best not to act on impulse; however, when he passed the gavel to call for a hearing to decide Barth’s fate, it was just that – an impulse.
    “I think it was an impulse act,” Ward said after he made the motion to drop the hearing from the agenda. “It was not handled very judicially.”

  • Council OKs ordinance, but might revisit issue

    Customers given 45 days
    to pay water bill
    The City Council approved a new ordinance Monday night regarding utility billing.
    However, the ordinance might go back to the drawing table after council members realized a gaffe in the new plan was brought to their attention well after they unanimously approved Ordinance 2011-05.

  • City Council Notes from March 28, 2011

    The City Council meet Monday night at City Hall. Action taken by the council included:
    -- Approval of ordinances regarding property maintenence and abatement of dangerous buildings.
    -- Approval of the first reading of an ordinance regarding utility delinquent penalties. The next reading will occur at the council’s April 11 meeting.
    -- The public hearing regarding the removal of Roger Barth has been rescheduled for April 11, due to Vice Mayor F.C. Stark’s absence from Monday’s meeting.

  • Sewer project impacting local roads

    For those attempting to travel on Powell Road, you’ll have to find another route.
    With Phase IV of the sewer improvements in full swing, the road is temporarily closed to through traffic. Only local traffic is allowed. However, there might be times when there is a temporary road closure or limited to one lane of traffic, the city website stated.

  • Council approves Greenlight requests

    Greenlight Dunnellon Communications took another step forward Monday night as the City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement with Dascom Systems Group for slightly more than $1.4 million for headend equipment, as well as an additional $261,024.60 for additional headend equipment with AMT.
    But the seven-figure deal with Dascom did raise the eyebrows of council members.
    “We’re not writing a check for $1.4 million,” Mayor Fred Ward said.

  • Council seeks ouster of Planning Board member

    The fate of Roger Barth’s tenure on the City Planning Board is unsure, after the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to notify Barth it is seeking to remove him from his post on the Planning Board.
    Barth was recently appointed to the board, having been picked to a fill a two-year term. He had served the past two years in an alternate position.
    However, his involvement with the Rainbow River Conservation’s lawsuit against the city, and recent information brought to the Council raised concerns from members, especially Mayor Fred Ward.

  • City Council to hear first readings on two ordinances Monday

    The Dunnellon City Council tackled the nuances of ordinances regarding property maintenance and the abatement of dangerous buildings during a rescheduled Council workshop Monday night at City Hall.
    The discussion about the ordinances lasted almost an hour for council members to iron out wording to clarify specific issues in each respective ordinance.
    Now both ordinances will get their first official readings at this Monday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting.

  • Council OKs new grace period for billing due dates

    After public outcry about the city’s plans to cut its grace period from 45 days to 20, the Dunnellon City Council reached middle ground with those who opposed the original proposal.
    On Monday, the Council passed its new utility billing ordinance, allowing customers to have until the end of the billing month to pay their utility bills before having services shutoff.

  • City honors police officer, firefighter

    American League Wall-Rives Post No. 58 will serve up some Law and Order on Saturday night as post officials will honor area law enforcement and fire rescue personnel.
    The event, slated to start at 5 p.m., will recognize six men from their respective departments. Those to be honored include:
    Bruce “Robbie” Arnold from the Dunnellon Police Department. Arnold was selected as the Officer of the Year by his peers at the department earlier this year.